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Drama Analysis – Streetcar named Desire

March 17, 2016 | Author: | Posted in art, theatre

Whenever Culture Has Ever Been Defeated

The Conflict between Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski

In A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

The drama A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams was written and staged in 1947 . Since then it has received a high popularity with the public not only in the USA but all over the world

Almost all the critics agree on the wide range of conflicts being present in the play . The researchers from different critical schools find them on al , character , stylistic and symbolical layers . The key [banner_entry_middle]

players in the explicit conflict shown in A Streetcar are Blanche DuBois and her brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski . Against the backstage of intensely complex and diverse culture of New Orleans they perform scenes of mortal combat . In the end of the play both of them are put on the brink of collapse . The critics say that Stanley having abused his power in regard to Blanche symbolizes the victory of primitivism over high culture , of realism over romanticism and of urban Yankees over rural southerners . However , the essence of the conflicts in A Streetcar is far more complex

Throughout the scenes of the play an observer is free to compose his or her own understanding of the conflicts happening . Though Blanche is assaulted as the representative of the Southern refined culture , though she is abandoned in her feelings and values and is taken into mental asylum in the end of the drama , this living symbol of noble culture is not defeated by her counterpart Stanley . The theses are proved by various pieces of critique in different periods as well as by the deep analysis of the play itself

In the introductory scenes of A Streetcar the author depicts Blanche as being incongruous to this setting (Williams 5 . The critics interpret the stage remark as the clue to Blanche representing an environment that is more refined than the cheap setting of Elysian Fields . What does it mean to be incongruous ? The author clearly emphasizes that the heroine is incompatible inconsistent , dissociable in regard to the surroundings not just in terms of geographical localization or appearance . Gradually a reader of the play script (or a spectator of the classical variant of the play ) learns what incongruity means in the DuBois ‘ case

Having come from the fortress of the Old Good South , the Belle Reve having escaped from the shameful settings of Laurel to Elysian Fields the main female character is conceptualized at first as being really unprepared for dirty staircases , rough neighbors , shambling houses and the scenes of street dis at the Kowalskis . She is not prepared to see her sister to be a plain housewife and her brother-in law to be dressed in a bowling jacket . Tischler defines Blanche DuBois (who is impeccably dressed and has distinguished looks ) as a Southern belle (42 ) and it seems to be true . Yet why is Stanley (who is dressed casually and looks plainly ) defined as the clear victor (ibid then

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